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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - Kind of Genius
    assertions with a variety of examples from each camp Picasso Mozart Orson Welles F Scott Fitzgerald among the conceptualist Twain Hitchcock Beethoven Frank Lloyd Wright among the experimentalist And of course the imperfection and limits of this dogmatic duality are brought up and acknowledged They are tendencies not laws The distinction between these kinds of genius that is most emphasized is the age at the time of creative peak factor the notion that conceptualists do their best work in their relative youth the experimentalist as they age and mature I am led to wonder if there is not such a bifurcation in communities organizations and civilizations Without doing any deep analysis what comes to mind when I think of conceptual communities in the US Hilton Head Island in South Carolina Sea Ranch in Northern California and Disney s Celebration in Central Florida come to mind I am sure there are others both in the US as well as around the world I lived in one of these communities for several years and have spent time in or near the others From my undocumented experience each seemed to begin from a vision of certainty knowing what they wanted to be from the get go and to their credit realizing this vision relatively early in their lifecycle However I think conceptual communities especially successful ones typically recede from an early peak in livability coalescence and vitality I am reminded of the axiom nothing fails like success With experimental communities the projects of and inspired by Christopher Alexander come immediately to mind as does Gaviotas Though certain names do come to mind for both types I think blanket distinctions of these types are trickier and less meaningful when applied to organizations and corporations But it may be worth looking through conceptualist and experimental

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - The art of scaffolding
    and put them to work in my own life and in the work I do Assembling Complexity resonated so deeply with me that I have come back to it again and again thinking designing learning Planning What is planning How do I use such statements as Everything requires everything else to stay up yet you can t levitate the whole thing at once Some things have to happen first And in the correct order Evolution not only evolves the functioning community but it also finely tunes the assembly process of the gathering until the community practically falls together The system was sensitive to initial conditions but it was usually attracted to order It is easy to get a stable system but very difficult to get the one you want I began to experiment with the concepts of scaffolding instead of going after goals in a linear agressive manner I began looking for scaffolding cycles trying to understand what it meant to levitate the whole thing at once what were the cycles the scaffolding levels that when in place allowed the whole system to go to a higher order I learned that it is an attraction process more than a selling one The patterns in my mind began to change What matters to each cycle How does the system a major project with high stakes grow from the ground up How does a project grow organically What are the beginning points that I need to see to ground a project I have learned or I am coming to knowing the art of scaffolding and of organic development through iterations and recursions I have learned to see differently to understand where a project is in its development and to be able to look for what is missing and go in search Planning

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - Undressing in Public
    that our answers out trump other answers We have become so burdened with becoming experts in a single field that it has been difficult to even converse with someone else in another field Somehow somewhere we learned our individual answers were final and lasting no matter what the field At last we seem to be learning that over time all our answers become someone else s problem Like nature answers have seasons We need to compost them leaving them to mix with other answers Yesterday s answers don t fit anymore This year at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos I watched an amazing amount of undressing in public at the WorkSpace workshops as participants dropped their degrees and status symbols and roles and expose themselves to a new way of working together Corporate CEO s NGO leaders artists writers thought leaders university presidents technologists and entrepreneurs played imagined and designed together They let new answers emerge through a rich collaboration and exploration across many fields and disciplines During one of the WorkSpace workshops I participated in as we explored and listened and shared I cannot remember once thinking this person is a know it all or this is one of the world s best known CEOs or any of those kinds of things We were co designers willing to not know Ideas were fresh and fun They had a childlike sense of play to them The normal armour of degrees or status did not get in our way Like the tennis champion Willis the dress this year was appropriate to the challenge put forth by the WEF 2007 Annual Meeting to drop the old answers and reach across all boundaries and ghettos to collaborate and discover new ways of solving the world s most pressing problems There

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  • - Tomorrow Makers in action - 50th Annual Meeting of the ISSS
    THERE from HERE but you can get HERE from THERE Taylor Design Axiom Here are a few photos from the backcasting exercise we designed and facilitated for the ISSS With the help of some signage and low tech special effects we took them out to 2056 and let them look back identifying the eras tipping points and heroic stories that helped enable systems sciences and systems thinking to become embedded

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    his believing that many of us are awake at 3 AM in the morning wondering worrying playing with ideas intuiting and creating our future At a gathering with some of my friends in Point Arena and Gualala I shared this thought and from here an idea took form Anne Kessler took the lead and has organized a really fun event On April 1 2007 we are hosting the first of what we think might be many WHAT DREAMS KEEP YOU UP AT 3 AM Do you have an idea a dream a project a vision Our dynamic community is filled with brilliant and creative people whose ideas and projects will totally amaze you Do you have a project that is community minded or a plan for a business or just a really wacky idea Could you use some help Would you like to let people know what you are thinking The idea is catching on The mayor of Point Arena calls it an Idea Party Existing businesses are joining in and creating booths to share their own future visions and plans Ideas and dreams are popping forth I plan to have a booth called You can t get there from here but you can get Here from There MGT axiom I ll encourage people to do backcasting and imagine that in 2012 they are wildly successful with their dreams and ideas and have them tell their story of how their dreams were realized Last year at the ISSS conference Tomorrow Makers did a similar exercise with about 150 participants Only we had the participants leap out 50 years It was a wonderful exercise and people still report how much hope and insight they gained from this experience If science always insists that a new order must be immediately fruitful or

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